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The pandemic has caused problems for many developers, including ArenaNet: last year it delayed the anticipated release of Guild Wars 2 on Steam, in order to focus on the great expansion of End of Dragons that would have to produce later this year. Then that too was delayed until early next year. Still, things are back on track, and now we look at what’s to come.
Guild Wars 2, for those who have somehow missed it, is an extremely good MMO, the kind of game that makes PCG's Phil lick his lips thinking of the dragon Mordremoth. Yes, there are many dragons around. But maybe this is about to change to End of Dragons (I mean, I'd expect that), which introduces new gameplay features, and the Cantha region, which is a new version of an area of an OG Guild Wars expansion. , Factions.
It’s a lush-looking place, and if you want to get an idea of how the period between the two games has changed, try to guess which one is which.
The biggest news, in a sense, is that End of Dragons will feature the game’s first multiplayer ride: The Siege Turtle. Let’s digest this for a moment. Climb what begins as this cute little turtle into a tank-sized reptile that includes several laser cannons, and then you can mount your back on a small throne with the your friend and control pieces of it cooperatively. I find it a good clean fun and just look at this cute baby.
Cantha is a region with a lot of water, so the expansion also introduces player skis for the crossing and please roll the drum, fishing. It always seemed a little weird to me that you couldn’t fish in Guild Wars 2, because it’s one of the activities I relate most to MMOs. These games need "downtime" activities and this has always been one of my favorites in WoW and others. Anyway: now you can go fishing and there will also be fishing tournaments to participate in.
As with previous expansions, End of Dragons will also introduce new "elite specializations" for each of the nine professions, essentially a new skill path and style of play, focused around a weapon that the character could not previously equip. These will be tested in beta events running from August 17 through November. There’s also everything else you could expect: new, attractive weapons, new attack missions (10-player mini raids), and a new set of mastery (the final game progression system: basically, where all your XP went I reached level 80).
The expansion is due to launch in February 2022 and costs 30 USD / 26 GBP for the standard edition, with a couple of super-duper editions also available that come with various sweeteners. You can also buy a plastic statue of a dragon for $ 120 if you’re so inclined, which just makes me think that ArenaNet’s marketing companies had no trick: where’s the siege turtle stuffed animal?